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Obiri Keen On Golden 2018 Despite IAAF Awards Snub

Kenya's Hellen Obiri celebrates as she crosses the finish line to win the women's 5000m race during the AG Insurance Memorial Van Damme athletics event, the last meeting of the IAAF Diamond League competition, on September 1, 2017 in Brussels. PHOTO/AFP
Kenya's Hellen Obiri celebrates as she crosses the finish line to win the women's 5000m race during the AG Insurance Memorial Van Damme athletics event, the last meeting of the IAAF Diamond League competition, on September 1, 2017 in Brussels. PHOTO/AFP

NAIROBI, Kenya- Despite missing out on the final short-list of the 2017 IAAF Athletes Awards, Kenyan women 5000m world champion, Hellen Onsando Obiri, has sets sights on another rip-roaring season next year.

To the surprise of most, Obiri was omitted from the three finalists who will vie for the 2017 Female Athlete of the Year Award in Monaco during the IAAF Gala where Ethiopian Almaz Ayana, Ekaterini Stefanidi of Greece and Nafissatou Thiam Belgium got the nod.

Instead, the snub following a season she won 12 out of 16 competitive races she started, including scorching Almaz for the global 12 and a half-lap title in London, has only fuelled Obiri to put together another memorable campaign next year.

The 2012 women 3000m World Indoor title winner wants to add another gold at the closed-circuit global showpiece that runs from March 1 to 4 besides collecting the 5000m crown at the April 4 to 15 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

Once the international track season opens in May, the 2017 IAAF Diamond League (DL) winner, 28, is keen on attacking the world 5000m record of 14:11.15 set by Ethiopian great, Tirunesh Dibaba on the year it will be marking its decade.

Perfect way

“Reclaiming my indoor title will be a perfect way to get my season rolling. The Africa Senior Championships planned for August 1 to 5 in Assaba, Nigeria remains one of the major event I want to take part in the coming season,” the Olympic silver medallist who hails from Kisii County added.

Having set the national 5000m record of 14:18.37 at the Rome Golden Gala DL meeting in June this year, the Kenya Defence Forces officer believes she has what it takes to challenge for the world record.

“I have just come from a rewarding season which I will forever thank God for standing with me all through. I am praying that the new season will be even special,” the mother of one added.

The other major plan for Obiri is to scale into the 10,000m, a project she intends to launch at the Commonwealth Games. According to her she has literally won everything in the one and half lap race.

“That is part of my plan for going for different challenges, I have not done 25 laps before so I will be testing my endurance besides challenging for top honours,” she added.

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